tv White House Briefing with Sec. Pompeo CSPAN June 7, 2018 3:49pm-4:08pm EDT
candidate. he's quiet and polite i would say about her subsequent trajectory who for me i was impressed with her is very disappointing. i don't know if she always had these limitations. or if she got, i don't know, celebrity and everything else kind of went to her head and she stopped being serious politician and just became a very entrenched with the money and fame and tv contracts and so forth. so she's a disappointment to me. because there is a real talent there. one thing i would say in defense of the pal enpicinpick, there w desire for something new, that was manifested on the democratic side by obama in a way. it wasn't crazy to say mccain who had been around for a long time and was very much of an in his own maverick way -- >> good afternoon. thanks for being patient with
us. obviously, there is a great deal of interest on the upcoming summit with the north koreans. we have secretary pompeo here who will make some brief opening remarks and then take questions on that remarks thaend take questiand t on that topic. keep questions limited to that. then we'll be around to answer other news of the day. >> sir, are you going to take questions afterwards? >> yes, i'm going to take a couple questions. good afternoon. it's great to be joining you all here today. early in this presidency president trump made a commitment to address the threat of north korea, which has been a threat to our nation for far too long. president trump has been and continues to be committed to ridding the united states and the world of threats posed by north korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. these programs threaten our homeland, our allies and
partners and the broader non-proliferation regime. north korea's past activities also make clear that it is a proliferation to other actors that creates a risk in addition to the primary risks. it has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern. in early 2017, the trump administration decided on a policy we have referred to as the maximum pressure campaign. the campaign enacted the strongest economic and diplomatic sanctions against north korea in history. the goal was to set the conditions for the dprk to make a strategic decision to denuclearize as the best means by which it will achieve its own security. american leadership rallied the international community to send a strong message to chairman kim jong-un and the world that we would not stand for the dprk's illegal weapons programs. the president's bold decision to meet with chairman kim grew from
this incredibly strong and targeted campaign. the president's policies directly led to the historic summit that h take place on june 12th in singapore. back on march 8th, chairman kim jong-un expressed his desire to meet with president trump as soon as possible. on may 9th i met with chairman kim jong-un in pyongyang and explained america's expectations for denuclearization. we also secured the release of three americans at that time. we view this as a sign of good will from chairman kim jong-un. the united states and north korea have been holding direct talks in preparation for a summit and north korea has confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize. a comprehensive whole of government effort in support of president trump's upcoming summit is underway. white house and state department led advance teams are finalizing with logistical preparations and
will remain in place in singapore until the summit begins. the president is getting daily briefings from his national security team. the fact that our two leaders are coming to the table shows that the two sides are very serious. the diplomatic model we use today is different from past efforts. our efforts give us hope that we can find real success where past efforts have fallen short. president trump is hopeful, but he's also going into the summit with his eyes wide open. we've seen how many inadequate agreements have been struck in the past. you can be sure that president trump will not stand for a bad deal. the united states has been clear time and time again. the complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptab acceptable. the president recognizes that north korea has great potential and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on the dprk can
begin to be removed. however, that cannot happen until the dprk completely and verifiably eliminates it weapons of mass destruction programs. president trump and chairman kim will discuss security assurances for the dprk, establishing a peace regime and improving relations between our two countries. until we achieve our goals the measures that the world alongside the united states has put on the regime will remain. in the event diplomacy does not move in the right direction, these measures will increase. throughout the entire process, the united states has been unified with japan and south korea in response to the threats from north korea. i will be traveling to meet with my japanese and south korean counterparts after the summit to continue to coordinate with them. i will also stop in beijing following the singapore summit. i will provide them with an
update and under score the importance of implementing all sanctions imposed on north korea. president trump recognizes north korea's desire for security and is prepared to ensure a dprk free of its weapons of mass destruction is also a secure north korea. president trump has made it clear that if kim jong-un denuclearizes, there is a brighter path for north korea and its people. we envision a strong, connected and secure and prosperous north korea that is integrated into the community of nations. we think the people of the united states and north korea can create a future defined by friendship and collaboration and not by mistrust and fear. we believe that chairman kim jong-un shares this positive vision for the future and we are committed to find a path forward and we assume and hope that that belief is sincere. we're looking forward to being in singapore in just a few days. >> we'll take just a few questions before the secretary has to depart.
roberta? >> thank you. what progress have you made in narrowing the gap in your understanding of denuclearization and north korea's definition of denuclearization? has there been progress in bringing that definition closer together? >> yes. >> can you describe that a little bit? >> no. >> that was quick. [ laughter ] >> thank you, sarah. thank you, secretary pompeo. as you mentioned north korea in the past has reneged on prior agreements its has made with the u.s. government. i have two questions for you. first question has to do with your experience meeting with kim jong-un. do you trust him? and my second question has to do with the negotiations that are upcoming with north korea? who, in your opinion, has the upper hand in the negotiations and why? >> so with respect to your first question, i've had the chance to meet with chairman kim jong-un
twice now. i can tell you he is very capable of articulating the things that he is prepared to do, present clearly the challenges that we all have to overcome. that's why the two leaders are meeting. it's the opportunity to lay those out clearly between the two leaders so we can see if we can find a path forward together that achieves the outcomes that both countries want. your second question? >> who has the upper hand in the negotiations? >> we don't think about it in terms of who has the upper hand. we know this has been a long, intractable challenge. it's gone on for decades. the president has said previous administrations weren't prepared to do what we've done already. it's not about who has the upper hand. it's about trying to find a way where the two side can come to an understanding to get concrete steps, not just words, that resolve this challenge. >> first of all, the president said he doesn't believe he needs to prepare very much ahead of
the summit. do you think that's a prudent approach? also, your reaction to rudy giuliani's comments that kim jong-un got back on his hands and knees and begged for the summit to go back on? whether you think he should be weighing in on international affairs and whether you agree. >> back to your second question, i took him as being in a small room and not being serious about the comments. i think it was a bit in jest. >> did he jeopardize the summit? >> we're moving forward. we're focused on the important things. i know rudy. rudy doesn't speak for the administration when it comes to this negotiation and this set of issues. you know, with respect to your first question, progress -- we're making progress inch by inch. we're going to travel there. this is different. the approach that president trump is taking is fundamentally different. in the past, there have been months and months of details negotiations and they got nowhere.
this has already driven us to aplaa place we've not been able to achieve before. >> the president said today if the meeting goes well, he'd like to bring kim jong-un to washington possibly for further meetings. has kim jong-un invited the president to come to north korea? >> i don't want to talk to you about the conversations that have been had between the north korea side and the united states. i'll leave that for the president to talk to. about the president's preparation, in my previous role -- and i've said this before. you can look it up. there were few days that i left the oval office after having briefed the president that we didn't talk about north korea. so over months moonnths preside trump has been receiving briefings on this issue about the military aspects of it, the commercial, economic aspects of it, the history of the relationship. and in the past few months there have been near daily briefings,
including today where we have been providing the president all of the information that he needs. i am very confident that president trump will be fully prepared when he meets with his north korean counterpart. >> having met the man twice now, what can you tell us about what opinions you formed of kim jong-un as a person. >> yeah. so i haven't spent that much time with him. what i have said publicly is he has indicated to me personally that he is prepared to denuclearize, that he understands that the current model doesn't work, that he's prepared to denuclearize and he understands that we can't do it the way we've done it before, that this has to be big and bold and we have to agree to major changes. we can't step through this over years, but need to acknowledge that it will take some amount of time, but the model for
succeeding, security assurance and political normalization and denuclearization, completely verifiably and irreversibly, for that to take place, we've got to make bold decisions. i am hopeful that chairman kim jong-un is prepared to make that decision for his country, a big shift in his strategic understanding of his security. >> thank you. so you said that the president is prepared to talk about security guarantees for north korea. we have seen in this administration that when new administrations come in, they can undo things that prior administrations have done. how can president trump guarantee long-term security for north korea and for kim in mar? >> look, we're going to have to do things that convince chairman kim that that's the case. that's what we'll have to do. let me give you an example. we are hopeful that we will put
ourselves in a position where we can do something the previous administration didn't do. they signed a flimsy piece of paper. and we're hoping to submit a document that congress would also have a say in that would give currency and strength and elongation to the process so that when administrations do change as they inevitably do and this one will, 6 1/2 years from now. when that takes place, that chairman kim will have comfort that american policy will continue down the same path that we hope we're able to sit in singapore. >> when you say the document that congressmen sign off on, are you referring to the treaty? second, at the top of your remarks you said that there's always a threat to the united states and its allies from north korea's wmd and ballistic missiles. is that a condition for the president in any negotiation agreement with chairman kim that missiles and chemical weapons be part of that?
third, can you discuss the for m format of the meeting? >> i'll leave the white house to talk about the format of the meeting. there is a history of that with respect to north korea amnd som of our other difficult challenges in the world today. they are connected. the reason you want complete, verifiable and irreversible, is exactly that. if they remain stockpiles, production facilities, the risk of proliferation continues. it's our aim through the process and providing the security assurances that chairman kim will want that we can greatly reduce the rest of proliferation ever happens as a result of north korean actions. >> thanks so much. >> one more, please, sir. >> all right. >> sarah? >> sarah? >> can you explain the
president's shift when he's gone from talking about defining success for this meeting as denuclearization of the peninsula now talking about the need for more meetings? can you explain what happened there and why the shift? and can you also describe your disagreements over north korea internally with the national security advisor? >> yeah. with respect to the second one, i have read a little bit about this. i love good fiction as much as the next person, but it is without foundation, so much so that, you know, i'll be polite since i'm a diplomat now. suffice it to say those articles are unfounded and a complete joke. we're two individuals. we're each going to present our views. i'm confident that will happen on issues from how long this press conference ought to go to issues that really matter to the
world. it's absolutely the case that we won't always agree. i think the president demands that we each give our own views. your first question, i'll try and answer. i don't see the shift as disjunctive as you do. the president's always understood this was a process. it's been very clear that it would always take a great deal of work to do this. you can interpret how you will, but i think your characterization of that doesn't reflect the president's understanding. i think his understanding about the process has been pretty consistent since i've been working with him almost a year and a half ago. [ inaudible question ] [ inaudible conversations ] >> and tonight we'll be hearing from former secretary of state
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